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Aluminum cooking pot used by a Greek Jewish family

Object | Accession Number: 2009.354.1

Cooking pot used by Claire Elhai when she lived in hiding with her family in the Greek countryside from 1943-1944. Nazi Germany and the Axis powers occupied Greece in 1941. Claire, her husband, Jacob, and their infant daughter Elvira lived in Athens which was in the German zone. In September 1943, Italy, an Axis partner, surrendered to the Allies. Jacob decided it was no longer safe for Jews in Athens and went to the Greek police station and explained that he needed false identity cards as Christians for his family. The police supplied them. With the help of friends, Jacob traveled to the Peloponnesian countryside and found a village, Korinthos, where he settled and sent for his family. They later moved to another village where they lived until the Germans retreated from Greece in September 1944. The family returned to Athens. Clare's father died while being transported to Auschwitz and many of Jacob's relatives in Heraklion were killed during the war.

use:  approximately 1943-1951
emigration:  1951
use: in hiding; Corinth (Greece)
Household Utensils
Object Type
Pots (lcsh)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Elvira Sasson
Record last modified: 2021-03-08 15:45:28
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